School News


ST MARY THE VIRGIN CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL ‘Learning with love, strength and faith, following the example of Jesus’
The children at St Mary’s have been out and about in the village and local area during November, particularly Cherry class, whose topic this term is ‘What happens where you live?’ They have been exploring local history and looking at buildings in the village that have had a change of use over the years, such as the pub, post office and station.

On Remembrance Sunday, a number of children attended the service in Church but St Mary’s was officially represented by Elouise, Roma, Louis and Harry, who were responsible for carrying the banner and wreath at the Church and War Memorial. Then, on the 11th, all the children met Rev Julie at the Church to place crosses on a gravestone there and observe two minutes silence.

Maple class have embarked on a new topic this term, Noisy Nightlife, exploring seasons and festivals. As well as looking at nocturnal animals, this has also involved talking about fireworks and the part they play in seasonal festivals, such as Divali.

Lilac class have been on a visit to Chatham Docks, staying the night in bunks on board a warship, linking to their World War Two topic. They got involved in various activities during their two day stay, including dinner on the mess deck and an air raid experience. They have also been taking part in the Big Sing again. Together with other schools from the local area, they joined forces to form a mass choir at the Assembly Hall in Tunbridge Wells and sing a variety of different Christmas Carols, including Jingle Bells and White Christmas.

In school we have had an Anti-Bullying Week on the theme of ‘Change starts with us’. Miss Banks arranged a workshop (very kindly funded by the wonderful PTFA) with a visitor, who came and talked to each class about living with a disability. In addition, the county Education Support, Behaviour and Attendance Service (ESBAS) also came and carried out workshops with each class. Finally, to reinforce the theme at a more fun level, an Odd Socks Day was held to celebrate our differences.

Following on from her success reported in the last newsletter, more congratulations go to Ashleigh, who recently took part in the North Wealden Partnership Cross Country Finals and came 5th, so she has now qualified for the East Sussex Cross Country Finals that will take place in Brighton next year. Well done and best of luck, Ashleigh!

Finally, all at St Mary’s are praying for Rev Julie at this time and wishing her a speedy recovery. We will miss her over Christmas but look forward to being able to welcome her back in the New Year.

Juliet Stirrat